Types of Editing

General Review

  • A general overview
  • Used to discuss and formulate ideas
  • Similar to a Peer Review
  • Typical of smaller works
  • Includes discussion of organization
  • Editor may provide a brief synopsis of areas where changes may be valuable

Proofreading

  • A general overview
  • Used to find and correct minor errors in punctuation, spelling and composition
  • May include a review of citation pages, in-text citations and format requirements
  • Words and sentences may be changed, moved or deleted.

Copy Editing

  • A complete overview
  • Used to find and correct errors in syntax, grammar and clarity
  • Typical first editorial stage for larger works
  • Words and sentences may be changed, moved or deleted

Developmental Editing

  • A complete evaluation
  • Used to find and correct errors in development, organization and style
  • Includes discussion of plot, characterization and verisimilitude
  • Typical second editorial stage for larger works
  • Words, sentences and blocks of text may be changed, moved or deleted

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